the two decades since
Porterís death. At the time of his death, Porter was working on a second
book called "The Black Artist," aimed at exploring the historic
influence of African art on the art of the Western world.
The final years of Porterís life did not pass without due recognition of some of the notable achievements he made to art education. In March 1965, Porter was one of twenty-six educators in the United States named "Americaís Most Outstanding Men of the Arts." This citation was presented at a White House ceremony presided over by Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson, during which Porter also received an award of $500 and a commemorative medal from the National Gallery of Art. Porter received these awards just five years prior to his death, and they were the most visible evidence of his acknowledged contribution to the scholarship of American visual culture but more important, to a neglected aspect of scholarly endeavor. Porterís death in Washington, D.C., on February 28, 1970, brought to an end a long career of dedicated artistry and accomplished scholarship in the history of African American art to which the book Modern Negro Art belongs as a permanent world-class record.